Don’t order APOE genetic testing as a predictive test for Alzheimer disease.

Monday, December 11, 2017

American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, Choosing Wisely Campaign Recommendation​ (revised 2016)

APOE is a susceptibility gene for later-onset Alzheimer disease (AD), the most common cause of dementia. The presence of an ε4 allele is neither necessary nor sufficient to cause AD. The relative risk conferred by the ε4 allele is confounded by the presence of other risk alleles, gender, environment and possibly ethnicity. APOE genotyping for AD risk prediction has limited clinical utility and poor predictive value.